Hello Everyone

I am trying to delete an application entry from Program and Features in Windows 7 64-bit and the command works while I run it on command line but when I create a .cmd file, it gives the following error:

'■R' is not recognized as an internal or external command

I have never seen this before.

The command I am using is REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{GUID} /v DisplayName /f


Thanks in advance.

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  • is this on the k1000?
    • Does it matter? I am testing it on a VM.
      • yes it does, the method of delivery could be the problem vs the script file itself
  • The exact command that I have pasted in my question works on the command line and when I copy and paste the exact same command in the notepad and save it as .cmd file, it doesn't. I don't know where the disconnect is and I don't understand how the platform matters. I am also doing it locally for now, not on the network, so the delivery isn't an issue.
  • I think that the curly brackets might have a special significance in batch files but I'm not certain.
  • Do people normally delete software items out of the registry rather than uninstalling them?
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Ensure that, "Encoding Type" is "ANSI" when you save the text file as .cmd

Answered 06/02/2014 by: jagadeish
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  • Thank you so much. It worked!
    Can you please explain why this was required?
    Because usually when we save a text file as .cmd, we don't do it. I like to know the reason why I am doing what I am doing. Details will be greatly appreciated.
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